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Learn angular offline

Looking for resources to learn Angular.js offline? [more inside]
posted by echo target on Sep 15, 2015 - 5 answers

Free curriculum for the self-taught web developer?

I want to build up my skills as a web developer, and just completed CodeAcademy's Ruby course. What's next? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Sep 8, 2015 - 6 answers

Recommend a second VBA book?

I'm looking for a book recommendation for someone who's already pretty familiar with vba and wants to go beyond the basics. [more inside]
posted by Proginoskes on Sep 1, 2015 - 6 answers

Is 45 too old to become a developer?

I've been a digital/interactive project manager since 1997. Now I want to go through an 18 week immersion program in web development and jump the fence to become a developer. But I'm 45 years old. Am I too old to get hired? [more inside]
posted by spicynuts on Aug 29, 2015 - 13 answers

Best resources to help improve/maintain old code

What are some resources (books preferred, but other resources are good, too) that I can use to help me improve/maintain some old vba models in my workplace. [more inside]
posted by Proginoskes on Aug 24, 2015 - 4 answers

HWÆT WORLD: how should I generate and display graphs of prime numbers?

I haven't programmed much for years. Now I want to play around with different ways of visualising the Ulam Spiral and I'd like suggestions for the right tools to use. I want to generate or load arrays of (say) 100,000 numbers, depict them on a 2- or 3-d graph, and move the lighting and/or viewing angle to give an impression of depth. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Joe in Australia on Aug 16, 2015 - 4 answers

Passing on old (but useful?) computer books in the UK

The question has been asked before, but not specific to my location - I'm in London, I'm moving and need to create space, have a whole bunch of computer & programming texts, they are arguably useful to someone, how do I find that person or organization? [more inside]
posted by outlier on Aug 14, 2015 - 6 answers

Where and how can I contribute to solving climate change issues?

OK, I'm scared. I'm a programmer, and although I have several other skillsets, that's probably my most valuable one. How can I use it to help? What organizations should I contact? Are there scientists or academic institutions that need some kind of support in this way? Are there existing projects that I could contribute to? [more inside]
posted by ABCApplePie on Aug 13, 2015 - 18 answers

Getting stuff via HTTP POST for the semi-n3wb

The good news: I've been granted access to a vast wonderland of streaming data that will make all my dreams come true. The bad news: I don't know how to access it. HTTP POST and JSON details inside... [more inside]
posted by cgs06 on Aug 12, 2015 - 10 answers

How Do I Introduce My 8-Year-Old Minecraft Nut To Computer Programming?

My 8-year-old son is obsessed with Minecraft, and has announced that he would like to create video games when he grows up. My own IT skills topped out around 1982 when I learned to write programs in Basic that printed my name in an endless goto loop. What technologies/languages/apps can I introduce him to in order to leverage his enthusiasm and channel it to something that teaches him age-appropriate programming skills? Assume second-grade math and logic skills and no programming background whatsoever.
posted by A Long and Troublesome Lameness on Aug 11, 2015 - 15 answers

How do I go about starting a website with monthly membership fee?

I would like to start a website that has a monthly membership fee. Can someone suggest what service or software would allow me to charge a monthly fee to access my website? I dont plan on charging very much to access the site and will never have more than maybe 50 or 60 members, so this wont be very profitable for me, and I would like to go with the cheapest and most simple option available. I am not planning on having anything besides just a calendar where you can click on a date and see what events are on that specific day. The services I was seeing seemed to have too many options and I didnt want to be paying to have options I wouldnt use. Thanks.
posted by helloilikebooks on Aug 9, 2015 - 3 answers

How do I start working as an on-line coding instructor/mentor?

I'm an experienced but largely self-taught programmer. I'd like to earn money teaching other people to code, either on my own or (maybe when I get more documented experience) working for a company. How do I get started? [more inside]
posted by aestival on Aug 9, 2015 - 4 answers

Cool examples of generative art

I'm teaching an Intro to Programming course to first year design students. I'd like to show them examples of cool art and design projects with a strong programmy feel: interactive, algorithmic, data driven, mapping, etc., to get them excited about learning to program. [more inside]
posted by signal on Aug 7, 2015 - 14 answers

Genetic Algorithms for finding duplicate mailing addresses?

Hi! I have some limited programming experience (I've learned the basics of Python about 3 times now (then I don't use it, and then forget it :D), not to mention using Unity3D, some some stuff in AutoHotKey, and finally time with Lua via the Minecraft ComputerCraft mod) & I'm looking to find a way to leverage what I understand to be the raw optimizing power of genetic algorithms for the purposes of removing duplicate addresses from an arbitrary mailing list. [more inside]
posted by TrueVox on Aug 5, 2015 - 17 answers

Non-Basic Web Programming Resources / Workshop

I need recommendations for resources (esp. a workshop) to help improve my code, organization, and process. I work in JavaScript and PHP (Drupal). I'm not a rank amateur, but have no formal training and operate on my own. I'm essentially a junior Dec without a senior, and I expect my work is about as ugly as you're probably thinking. I need help beyond the CodeCademy / Treehouse type stuff - they're far too basic. [more inside]
posted by SirNovember on Jul 21, 2015 - 7 answers

How do I get a job as a programming teacher in a coding school?

Apart from contacting schools directly, are there effective ways of getting oneself "shopped" by recruiters or recruiting websites for this sort of position? [more inside]
posted by aestival on Jul 17, 2015 - 4 answers

How do I handle this interview/job offer situation?

I just went for an interview but they took it a lot more seriously than I did and now I have to tell them that I don't want the job (even though I am starting to be in need of it). How do I handle this? [more inside]
posted by ghostbikes on Jul 3, 2015 - 25 answers

Are there rules for coin choice in returning change from machines?

A person on FaceBook has pondered why self-service checkouts always return two 20p and one 10p coin (UK obviously) as opposed to a single 50P coin. Which led me to wonder - is there a general approach for choice of returned coins in programming coin-operated machines? Do you get rid of the lower-value shrapnel first? Or do you try to strike a balance somehow to ensure availability of most combinations of returned values?
posted by GallonOfAlan on Jul 3, 2015 - 8 answers

Help me transition into a career in Programing!

So I'm 25, and I have a wonderful, stable job in a wonderful, stable industry as a mechanical engineer, and I'm slowly realizing that my actual calling is in computer science. Shit. I'm not in desperate circumstances, so help me to plan my career move! I need specific help on: 1) Learning to Code. 2) Preparing for the transition while still working at my current job. 3) Moving from my current job into actually working as a programmer. Any advice from experienced people would be great. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by nickhb on Jul 1, 2015 - 15 answers

Coding for yourself when not at work

Have you found that your ability to write code for yourself, in your spare time, dries up when you are programming full time for a living? How do you deal with that? or is it just an inevitable cost of coding for a living? [more inside]
posted by aestival on Jun 30, 2015 - 29 answers

Seriously, everyone on the web is scripting nowadays.

Why is the web written in scripting languages? It seems most web development today - at least on new-ish websites - is done in scripting languages: PHP, Python (Django/Flask), Ruby (Rails), JavaScript (NodeJS), etc. Is there something about scripting languages that makes them especially well-suited to server-side web development compared to other languages? Or is it just that scripting languages are popular and have useful features, so naturally they're applied to lots of programming tasks today - including web development?
posted by Tehhund on Jun 26, 2015 - 22 answers

I need an app launcher, for a single app, not the popular kind.

I make Windows videogames, and my latest engine doesn't let you select screen resolutions. I could change it so it does, but I'd rather make a small program that first lets you choose resolution (and set fullscreen and such), then launches the game app. But then wait (I said in my head), hasn't someone already created this launcher tool? Please help me out. Have they? [more inside]
posted by Techbear on Jun 22, 2015 - 4 answers

Landing somewhere between programming and therapy?

What are some careers in the sweet spots between people and technology? What is your day-to-day life like, if you work in a capacity that blends these two? I know a bit about UX research and I've taught computer classes, but I'm looking for some more specific guidance. [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Jun 16, 2015 - 9 answers

Resources on how expensive hiring programmers is

Just want some quick stats, such as how many hours it takes to find a good hire. Google isn't helping [more inside]
posted by earlsofsandwich on Jun 12, 2015 - 7 answers

Tech job; bay area vs Chicago?

What feels different between applying for tech jobs in San Francisco/Bay Area versus applying for tech jobs in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Jun 11, 2015 - 7 answers

CS junior, needs recommendations for career path, companies to apply to

I'm about to be a junior in computer science (CS) at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. I'm passionate about programming, but I am also interested in numerous other subfields of technology. I don't like having to rush (at anything -- this post was edited and rewritten many times); I prefer polish, good design, and careful work, where everything is intentionally and thoughtfully crafted. Where should I apply for internships and look for careers? [more inside]
posted by vixsomnis on Jun 11, 2015 - 8 answers

scp return codes different?

I'm working on testing a modification to a bash script for work. I'm trying to scp a file to the same source directory. For testing purposes, I've altered the permissions on the target directory so that the scp'ing user doesn't have permissions to write to it. The first try I get a return code of 1. The second try I get a return code of 0, even though the permissions haven't changed and the file actually fails to transfer. [more inside]
posted by tckma on Jun 11, 2015 - 8 answers

What are the risingest new programming languages?

If I were a hobby programmer and looking to learn a new language both for self-education in new areas and to get skills that could be marketable in the future, what should I look at? [more inside]
posted by Devonian on Jun 11, 2015 - 22 answers

Looking for code snippets in all my source places

How do I compile a compelling code portfolio? What kind of selection criteria do I use, or can you recommend resources for developing it? [more inside]
posted by bookdragoness on Jun 8, 2015 - 5 answers

Next stop...

10 years in mid-level public health/public policy research. What's next? What's possible based on my current set of skills? Computer programming or software? Another industry? "Consulting?" Something crazy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 8, 2015 - 6 answers

Temp/freelance jobs for programmers/web developers who can't design

I want to make money with my web development/programming skills, but my main thing is standup comedy so I do NOT want a 'real', full-time job. I also have zero design skills. What should I pursue? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 3, 2015 - 4 answers

Coding as an independent contractor: Time estimate? Hourly rate?

I'll potentially be working for a small start-up coding as an independent contractor. I need to create a time estimate for the project and quote a pay rate to them. I'm new to contracting though, so I have no idea how to go about this. [more inside]
posted by Chicoreus on Jun 1, 2015 - 4 answers

Help get started programming with a web service's API

Can you recommend a tutorial to get started with web programming that interacts with APIs? [more inside]
posted by msbrauer on Jun 1, 2015 - 7 answers

Best Macbook for a new computer science student on a moderate budget

What it says on the tin: I'm starting a professional Master's program in computer science this summer. I've decided to get a new laptop, since right now I have a 5-year-old Macbook that I do no serious work on, due to the oldness and slowness (and small screen). [more inside]
posted by easter queen on May 15, 2015 - 17 answers

How to fix serialization and stream corruption errors in Java program?

I'm pretty new to programming and I'm trying to resolve an issue with a java-based program I'm using for a research project. I've downloaded/installed the program files and updated the directories, but when I run the program I get an "InvalidClassException" error. The bigger problem is that when I try to define my "serialversionUID" I get another error: "StreamCorruptedException". I'm running the program in my terminal on my Mac. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong or how to get the program to run. Any help would be greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by jharrison on May 15, 2015 - 5 answers

What book about BASIC programming did I read as a child?

I'm trying to remember a book I read about BASIC game programming when I was a child. I don't know the exact publication date, but it would have been in the late 1980s or early 1990s that I borrowed it from the library. It was about how to write a text adventure game set under the ocean. Can you help me? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on May 4, 2015 - 6 answers

Using Construct 2 to quickly load HTML5 app on an iPad

We're coding in Construct 2 which exports HTML5 in a number of ways. but we don't want an iOS app. [more inside]
posted by jander03 on Apr 22, 2015 - 3 answers

From cubicle to rustic cabin, the slow and steady way.

I'm a junior Java/Oracle programmer. Five years from now, I'd like to be skilled and savvy enough to be able to move to a rural town and work mostly remotely as an independent contractor. What should I be learning and doing now to begin work toward this? [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Apr 20, 2015 - 5 answers

Adaptable Peripatetic Inquisitor

What is the origin of the term API (Application Programming Interface)? Who coined it? What terms did it compete with?
posted by michaelh on Apr 17, 2015 - 6 answers

How Big Can This Ball of Twine Get?

What are the best examples of using Twine for something other than interactive fiction? [more inside]
posted by Rykey on Apr 17, 2015 - 2 answers

Best language/framework/library for voice chat over the web?

I'm thinking about starting a coding project that involves live-streaming and recording voice chats populated by different users of a web app. Does anyone have any recommendations on what technology to use? WebRTC? Something else? And, depending on the technology, do you have a recommendation on the language I should use? If someone has made a module/gem or an open source project that would make it easier to get up and running, that'd be rad. I have experience with Ruby and JavaScript and would be comfortable using either or both.
posted by defenestration on Apr 15, 2015 - 2 answers

Three roads diverged in a wood, and I...

I am looking into making a career switch into programming/development. Which one of these potential courses of action makes the most sense? [more inside]
posted by easter queen on Apr 15, 2015 - 6 answers

Mac OS X application crashes, but only for one user. Why?

Fairly gnarly Mac debugging / troubleshooting question, concerning an app that crashes on launch consistently, but only when run by a single particular user. So far, it's stumped everyone. Lots of gory technical details inside. [more inside]
posted by Kadin2048 on Apr 14, 2015 - 13 answers

Starting late and slow as a self-taught programmer

As someone who's supposedly passionate about programming, I've read a lot of profiles, interviews, and forum threads about people's self-propelled programming careers. I invariably hear one of two stories: 'I started at 12 on an Apple II/Commodore 64' or 'I started learning from nothing two years ago and now I'm a paid junior developer!'. I fit neither of these stories. Do I still have a snowball's chance, or should I give up the ghost? [more inside]
posted by dee lee on Apr 8, 2015 - 19 answers

How do I, a non-scientist, recognize quackery in science and tech?

Lately I've been running across a lot of highly theoretical science and technology information that I don't understand. I would like to be able to recognize quackery and fringe science, as well as when technologists (especially programmers) are reinventing the wheel and claiming to revolutionize things, so I don't get steered in the wrong direction. I'm looking for heuristics. [more inside]
posted by Beethoven's Sith on Apr 7, 2015 - 16 answers

I need automatic grouping with my flocking algorithm.

I'm very familiar with boids and flocking; I implement the algorithm for Space Whales in my game, Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator. But I'm frustrated by my arbitrary code for sorting boids/whales into groups. Right now, I simply generate 10 whales assigned to group 1, and 10 whales assigned to group 2, and the whales move together in their groups. I'd rather... [more inside]
posted by Techbear on Apr 5, 2015 - 11 answers

Programming Pop-Up Text in an iPhone App

I'm hoping to create an iPhone app that's a travel guide whose text pages will include some foreign terms. Users should be able to touch a foreign term to see a pop-up phonetic pronunciation. But the programmers I'm considering hiring say they're not sure how to do this, and suspect it might be expensive. Can anyone smart save the day and come up with a solution? [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover on Mar 31, 2015 - 10 answers

I need a simple excel macro and I'm willing to pay.

I often (upwards of 15 times a day) need to select some of the text within a cell or textbox in Excel, and format it bold and red. Not all the text in the cell/box -- just the text I select. Is it possible to write macros to do this task? And where should I go to find someone to write it? [more inside]
posted by NoiselessPenguin on Mar 24, 2015 - 13 answers

Are There Jobs Out There for Really Junior Developers?

I'm a brand-new grad of a web developer bootcamp and so am just starting out with JavaScript and Ruby. I wasn't the best in my class but I certainly wasn't one of the worst. I love coding and want so badly to become better at it, but I'm finding my bootcamp program's claim that 90% of grads are employed as programmers in 90 days to be very unlikely based on the two interviews I've bombed. Can there really be jobs out there for a bootcamp-grad junior programmer without a CS degree? [more inside]
posted by Yoko Ono's Advice Column on Mar 19, 2015 - 25 answers

Article about unmaintainable software on bank mainframes

Please help me locate an article I read online a couple of years ago. Essentially it went like this: the core software that banks use to run transactions is very old and hard to maintain, and they're terrified of breaking something by trying to integrate new features. Therefore, "instant" transactions via online banking aren't really instant: what actually happens is that there's an elaborate front-end emulating the functionality of the core system. Every night the front-end system delivers all the queued-up "faked" transactions to the core system, which actually processes them. [more inside]
posted by pont on Mar 19, 2015 - 4 answers

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